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word2yamutha 03-27-2013 06:21 PM

Too many appliances on tandem breaker?
 
Ok so I have a 15amp tandem breaker that is currently powering a dishwasher, fridge and a garbage disposal. On the first pole is the fridge, which is drawing 8.5 amps and on the second pole is the garbage disposal (4.5amps) and the dishwasher (I removed it because it was dead, but possible from being overloaded?)


My question is do tandem breakers have 15 amps running on one pole or is it 15 amps total for both poles?

rjniles 03-27-2013 06:24 PM

Each pole is rated at 15 amps.

word2yamutha 03-27-2013 06:31 PM

so 30 amps total? I just want to be clear

rjniles 03-27-2013 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by word2yamutha (Post 1147334)
so 30 amps total? I just want to be clear

Not the proper way to express it, it is 15 amps per pole. Or if you want, you can wire 2 15 amp 120 VAC circuits off that tandem breaker.

jbfan 03-27-2013 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by word2yamutha (Post 1147334)
so 30 amps total? I just want to be clear

No, 15 amps each.
They are considered serperate breakers.
Haven't we had this discussion?

jagans 03-27-2013 06:51 PM

It has always been my impression that a refrigerator, and a dishwasher are supposed to be on their own separate 20 amp circuit. Not sure about the GD.

word2yamutha 03-27-2013 06:58 PM

Well where I live at there aren't any codes that have to be followed. Yes we have had this discussion before, but I just recently found out that the dishwasher is on the same circuit as the garbage disposal.

I was looking into purchasing a new dishwasher, but I was wondering if it would be too much for the breaker to handle?

rjniles 03-27-2013 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by word2yamutha (Post 1147355)
Well where I live at there aren't any codes that have to be followed.

Most places have codes to be followed. They are often ignored and/or not enforced very well.

adgjqetuo 03-27-2013 07:48 PM

My dishwasher is on its own 15a circuit but my fridge is on the same 20a circuit as 5 other outlets in my kitchen and my house is only 12 years old - so go figure.

brric 03-27-2013 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by adgjqetuo (Post 1147419)
My dishwasher is on its own 15a circuit but my fridge is on the same 20a circuit as 5 other outlets in my kitchen and my house is only 12 years old - so go figure.

That is code compliant provided the other receps are for the countertop and there is another 20 amp circuit for the countertops.

jagans 03-27-2013 08:12 PM

Just look at the amperage rating on the model plate. If you have a septic system, I would deep six that garbage disposal.

Toller 03-27-2013 08:14 PM

My refrigerator is 1a. Are you sure yours is 8.5a?

You have two breakers; each is good for 15a.
I don't know if it is still allowed to code, but it is common to have the gc and dishwasher on the same circuit.

brric 03-27-2013 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Toller (Post 1147454)
My refrigerator is 1a. Are you sure yours is 8.5a?

You have two breakers; each is good for 15a.
I don't know if it is still allowed to code, but it is common to have the gc and dishwasher on the same circuit.

On the same 20 amp circuit, not on a 15 amp circuit.
Could you post the brand and model number of that frig?

Toller 03-27-2013 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by brric (Post 1147467)
On the same 20 amp circuit, not on a 15 amp circuit.
Could you post the brand and model number of that frig?

One I have now is 1a, one it replaced 5 years ago was 1.5a. Both 25cf. Have to think there is nothing unusual about them.

You might be right about the 20/15a thing; OP should check his cable and see if it is 14 or 12.

brric 03-27-2013 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Toller (Post 1147516)
One I have now is 1a, one it replaced 5 years ago was 1.5a. Both 25cf. Have to think there is nothing unusual about them.

You might be right about the 20/15a thing; OP should check his cable and see if it is 14 or 12.


Find that 1amp hard to believe.


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